iPhoneiCPAN hit the app store about a year ago. I didn't really expect there would be a lot of downloads, but the reality is that there was far more interest than I had expected, which is good. After the original app was released, I was able to release a couple of subsequent versions with updated Pod, but it soon became clear that some problems were not being solved.
The first issue was that it was taking a very long time to put a build together, because I had to parse all of minicpan with each run. Read More...After about a week of waiting for an official review, iCPAN was reviewed, approved and published to Apple’s App store earlier today. There are no code changes in this release, but the modules are up to date as of Nov 8, 2010. This release also includes manuals and cookbook POD like Moose::Manual.
I had hoped to get this release out in September, but real life got in the way. In the meantime, I’ve streamlined the way the POD is processed and future releases will be easier and hopefully much more regular. Read More...Since we've been porting CPAN to the iPhone via iCPAN, we've had the chance to re-imagine the CPAN a little bit. We've been thinking, what would we change about search.cpan.org if we were able? We've added the bookmarking, we save searches of recently viewed modules and now we've got syntax highlighting.
A lot of us see our code highlighted in our editors. That's how we're accustomed to viewing code. So why not view it that way in our module documentation? Read More...When I’ve got a few minutes here and there, I like to browse the CPAN for new, interesting modules. I wanted a way to do this quickly and easily on my iPhone, without needing to get online to do it. This app did not exist, so @ioncache and I set about creating it. iCPAN has been available in the Apple app store for about 4 weeks now and we’re currently working on updates for the next version. Read More...